Shepherd, Verene A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of History and Archaeology
Unity and disunity, creolization & marronage in the atlantic world
Date of Publication
Since the emergence of Atlantic Studies, scholars have engaged in a rigorous theorizing of the field. The ideological perspectives have not been unified. Debates have ebbed and flowed, for example, around the issue of identity, an essential question posed : was there a discrete Atlantic identity that was distinguishable from a burgeoning imperialist mentality? This essay comments on the concept of a 'unified Atlantic World,' showing that great instability and difference characterized this world. The essay observes the suggestion of fractured or fragmented identities and unstable relationships in the Atlantic World during the colonial era, specifically during the period of African enslavement.....